News, articles, case studies and information on companies and organizations shaping the future of the microgrid industry.

US Microgrid Market Growing Faster than Previously Thought: New GTM Research

The US microgrid market is growing faster than expected, fueled by a rise in new ownership configurations, says a report released today by GTM Research.GTM now forecasts that US microgrid capacity will reach 4.3 GW by 2020, up from the research firm’s estimate last quarter of 3.71 GW. The US currently has about 160 microgrids with 1,649 MW of … [Read more...]

S&C Electric and IPERC Announce Merger

Two significant players in the microgrid industry, S&C Electric and IPERC (Intelligent Power & Energy Research Corporation) today announced that they will merge.Chicago-based S&C, a global provider of equipment and services for electric power systems, is acquiring New York-based IPERC, an industry leader in cybersecure, intelligent … [Read more...]

Reciprocating Engine Generators and Microgrids: What’s the Best Fuel for Use in a Genset?

From the Microgrid Knowledge guide, Reciprocating Engine Generators and Microgrids: The Last Defense Against a Power Outage, this article looks at the pros and cons of the fuels used in reciprocating engines.Electricity costs are determined largely by the price and availability of fuels used in power production. As a result, the power … [Read more...]

Amtrak Arrives in Microgrid Era Ahead of Schedule

Amtrak is running ahead of schedule. The Washington, D.C.-based national train giant is one of the first transit systems to plan a community microgrid so that it can keep its operations running during power outages.In the aftermath of the 2012 Superstorm Sandy, half of Sunnyside Yard had to rely on portable backup generators for a month due to … [Read more...]

Microgridding the U.S. One State at a Time

Many revolutions in the U.S. electric power industry begin within states, where policymakers drive change to lower electric rates or green energy supply. This is proving true again as the ‘microgridding’ of the U.S. power grid begins.In the last three weeks alone, California, New Jersey and Washington state have issued grants or put forward … [Read more...]

Mount Kisco’s Home Run Community Microgrid

The Town of Mount Kisco, NY has proposed a community microgrid that is the energy equivalent of a home run. It touches all of the critical power bases by:Securing electric supply during power outages Reducing energy costs for its customers Contributing to New York’s clean energy goals with combined heat and power (CHP) and renewables … [Read more...]

What is a Reciprocating Engine Generator?

Everyone knows what solar and wind energy is. But ask, 'What is a reciprocating engine generator?' and most people are stumped. Yet this mainstay technology plays a crucial role in keeping on the lights. We define 'reciprocating engine generator' in this excerpt from the new Microgrid Knowledge guide, Reciprocating Engine Generators and … [Read more...]

A Microgrid Future: We Can See it from Here

Radical decentralization may not be upon us yet.  But microgrids are most certainly advancing. ABB's Bob Fesmire describes regulatory, market and technical changes needed to bring about a microgrid future.Next to distributed energy resources (and also because of them), microgrids have to be one of the hottest topics in the power industry at the … [Read more...]

Grid-Connected Microgrids and Battery Technology

Grid-connected microgrids are considered the future of a smarter electric grid. So as large-scale battery technology and economies of scale continue to improve, many utilities are investigating the use of battery technology as the basis for Grid Energy Storage Systems (GESS).AusNet Services, the largest energy delivery service in Victoria, … [Read more...]

Healthcare Microgrid Would Preserve Power for 4 Hospitals in the East Bronx

The idea of the East Bronx Healthcare Microgrid was born out of special pressure on the crucial hospital system.During storms and power outages, the four hospitals must remain open not only to serve existing patients, but also those transferred from evacuated hospitals in Manhattan and other New York City boroughs.Further, the medical … [Read more...]